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November 14, 2006

Memorial Service Planned for Dean James Wenner

Dr. James Wenner

Dr. James Wenner

Dr. James Wenner, who served as the dean of the College of Business at UW-Eau Claire from 1971-1992, died Nov. 12 in Dallas, TX. He retired from UW-Eau Claire with emeriti status in 1996 after 25 years of service to the university.

Wenner's family has announced that a memorial service will be planned in spring 2007 in Eau Claire. Details about the service are not yet available.

Wenner joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 1971 as a professor of management and marketing and dean of the College of Business (formerly the School of Business).

The College of Business' second dean, Wenner was instrumental in securing the prestigious AACSB accreditation for the College of Business.

Under his tenure, the College of Business grew in size and stature. During his 21 years as dean, more than 9,5000 students graduated with business degrees, the faculty became more diverse, the department of management information services was formed, the curriculum changed to reflect the globalization of business, and numerous partnerships were formed between the university and the business community.

Wenner received the first College of Business' Business Advisory Council Award of Excellence in 1992.

In addition to his contributions to UW-Eau Claire, Wenner was involved in a number of community organizations. He was a member of the boards of directors for the Ecumenical Religious Center (ERC), Eau Claire Industrial Development Commission, American National Bank, the Greater Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Eau Claire, and the Chippewa Valley Incubation Center. He also was a member of the Luther Hospital Development Council, Luther Hospital Advisory Board and the Eau Claire Noon Rotary Club.

Born Oct. 29, 1931, in Mankato, Minn., Wenner earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

Before coming to UW-Eau Claire, he taught at Mankato State University in Minnesota and Western Wyoming Junior College, and he spent a year on a post-doctoral fellowship at Oregon State University.

Wenner is survived by his wife, Dee; and daughters, Mary and Molly. He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher.

UW-Eau Claire News Bureau